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December 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

One of American comedy’s great (and relatively unheralded) voices, Elaine May has forged a long and successful career in show business—still going strong on Broadway today. May directed four feature films in Hollywood, some misunderstood at their time of release, others buried and left to languish in obscurity. With hindsight, May is one of the key directors of the New Hollywood period.

Fri, Dec 13

A New Leaf

Directed by Elaine May

May, as one half of the legendary comedy team Nichols and May, established herself as a comedic powerhouse on stage

The Heartbreak Kid
Sat, Dec 14

The Heartbreak Kid

Directed by Elaine May

Elaine May’s sophomore feature, from an extremely sharp screenplay by Neil Simon, takes the broad slapstick-lite comedy of her debut

Sat, Dec 14

Mikey & Nicky

Directed by Elaine May

A deep departure from Elaine May’s previous two features—A New Leaf (1971) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972)—this New Hollywood picture

Sun, Dec 15

Ishtar

Directed by Elaine May

A legendarily over-budget film maudit (cursed film) and produced a full eleven years after the release of May’s prior film